SCOTT CITY - Portageville ended an 11-game losing streak in dramatic fashion Friday night by defeating conference rival Scott City 58-0 on the road.
Portageville forced six Ram turnovers on their way to the blowout win, Scott City's worst loss since 1964.
"We had a great all-around effort tonight," said Portageville head coach Jim McKay. "It feels great to get a win. We didn't quit trying and we played our hearts out. Anytime you can come up to Scott City and get a win it's a plus. Hopefully we can keep building on that."
Portageville stumbled briefly, fumbling on the first possession, but from then on they never looked back. A blocked punt by the Bulldogs set up a Kyle Ezell 3-yard run to give Portageville the early 6-0 lead with 8:37 left in the first quarter.
The Rams failed to capitalize on another Portagville fumble, and after regaining the ball, Dantwan Chillers took the Lance Penn handoff 47 yards for the score making the tally 12-0. The next possession for Scott City ended when Jeremy Glastetter was intercepted by Ryan Wilson on the Scotty City 39.
On the ensuing drive Dantwan Chillers took a reverse 4 yards to the end zone to make the score 18-0.
Scott City's next possession ended when Eric Booker blocked a punt to give the Bulldogs the ball on the Scott City 2-yard line. Chillers plunged through on the next play from scrimmage to give Portageville a 24-0 lead. Chillers added the two-point conversion to give the bulldogs a 26-0 lead at the half.
Portageville never looked back in the second half, tacking on 32 more to make the final tally 58-0. The 'Dogs saw scores from Chillers, Aaron Bidewell, Antonio Scott and a returned interception from Ryan Wilson.
"Our kids didn't quit trying and played as hard as they could for four quarters," said McKay. "We didn't try to run up the score -- we played everyone."
Chillers finished the night with four touchdowns with 87 yards on nine carries.
Bidewell had a big night scoring once on a 55-yard scamper, finishing with 99 yards on nine carries.
Ezell finished with one score with 72 yards on 13 carries. "We just had trouble adjusting to what Portageville was doing tonight," said Scott City head coach Stephen O'Brien. "I felt the effort was there, but we are just young and inexperienced. Hopefully we can bounce back from this and press on for the rest of the season."
The Portageville defense allowed an eye-popping minus-eight total yards on the night. The Rams were held to minus-28 yards on the ground and allowed a mere 20 yards in the air. McKay downplayed the significance of ending the long losing streak.
"I wasn't here for (the losing streak) -- we're not focusing on the past," said McKay. "This is now and we are focusing on the future."